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Diy hob intake

I'm using an aquaclear 30 on a 3 gallon tank and as such, cannot use the original intake pipe since it is too tall. I fashioned one out of acrylic but wanted to know how I could seal the bottom. I was thinking a screen or sponge maybe? I just want it to look clean.


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I use a sponge on my HOB tube to keep shrimp from being sucked up. H4n used to make custom stainless steel screens that look great as well. I assume he still does. Here is one of his sale posts. Just PM him if you're interested.
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I use a sponge on my HOB tube to keep shrimp from being sucked up. H4n used to make custom stainless steel screens that look great as well. I assume he still does. Here is one of his sale posts. Just PM him if you're interested.
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When i made my spray bar i found the best way to seal the end of acrylic was to get a hot air gun on the end until its pretty soft then get a pair of tin snips or something pretty strong like that and clip the end off.

when the end snips off it clamps down the part its just cut off put it in some cold water and it seals solid straight away mine was water tight instantly but i also put some clear glue on the end just to be sure.

water tight and looks clean too i will try and get a photo of the end for you if needed
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All well and good, but I've no hot air gun...

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When i made my spray bar i found the best way to seal the end of acrylic was to get a hot air gun on the end until its pretty soft then get a pair of tin snips or something pretty strong like that and clip the end off.

when the end snips off it clamps down the part its just cut off put it in some cold water and it seals solid straight away mine was water tight instantly but i also put some clear glue on the end just to be sure.

water tight and looks clean too i will try and get a photo of the end for you if needed
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If you are careful you could try a lighter or on the stove so long as you keep it moving and at a good distance

Try it on a spare bit first to get the hang of it

You could try a hair dryer close up but im not so sure that would get hot enough


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You can't cut off some of the AC intake? That's what I did for my 3g.

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